homemade pesto

Homemade Pesto Recipe

  • Author: Patty
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Italian



  • 4 cups loosely packed basil leaves, preferably organic
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cups toasted pine nuts
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt plus more to taste if needed


  • Toast the pine nuts – watch them. They can go from toasted to burnt in a split second
  • Add the basil leaves and garlic to the bowl of a food processor with the metal blade. Pulse until the leaves are roughly chopped.
  • Add in the salt, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. Pulse until everything is combined into a thick paste.
  • With the machine running slowly pour in the olive oil until it all comes together into a thick sauce. Do not over process.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Store, covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.


Cook Time is food processor time

Keywords: pesto, basil, pine nuts